LYM Perina nuda (Banyan Tussock Moth)
a female Banyan Tussock Moth
Dragon Garden, Sham Tseng, Tsuen Wan, Hong Kong
a feature of the lymantriinae is that they can't feed as adults due to the poorly developed haustellum (= proboscis / tongue). In this photo (see note) the haustellum can clearly be seen in its two sections, not zipped together, which renders it impossible for it to be used like a straw and thus prevents the adult moth from feeding. Consequently all the energy this moth uses has to be stored from its days as a caterpillar.
Thx to everyone for your comments and invites.
Explore #245 for 18 October 2008 (as of 2008-10-20; 09:30 HKT)
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